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I got an offer on friday to do pharmacy and i told my friends. The first thing they said was, '' would you really like to spend your life putting pills into a bottle''. They went onto say the max pay u can get in pharm is onli 40k and that i shudnt do it.

What does eveyrone think? is it really a bad career?
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'' would you really like to spend your life putting pills into a bottle''
That's what technicians are hired for.

You don't have to work at a chemist, there's always hospital and industry. The Big Cheese in hospitals can earn ~£80k.

If after the degree you find you don't want to work in pharmacy, you could always take a different career path, but will still always have something to fall back on. Out of interest, what are your friends applying for?
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Hospital can earn £80? :eek: :hmmmm: But that's really high position isn't it (i.e. director of department)?
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That's what technicians are hired for.

You don't have to work at a chemist, there's always hospital and industry. The Big Cheese in hospitals can earn ~£80k.

If after the degree you find you don't want to work in pharmacy, you could always take a different career path, but will still always have something to fall back on. Out of interest, what are your friends applying for?
biochem,law and business, computer science, business
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Hospital can earn £80? :eek: :hmmmm: But that's really high position isn't it (i.e. director of department)?
Yeah as I said, The Big Cheese
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biochem,law and business, computer science, business
The only high paying one there if you're good at it is Law, so they can't really talk. Do what you enjoy, don't listen to your friends.
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Oh yeah, so you did :p:. I doubt I'll get to that position :p:
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what about industry and community jayem, whats the top money?
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I got an offer on friday to do pharmacy and i told my friends. The first thing they said was, '' would you really like to spend your life putting pills into a bottle''. They went onto say the max pay u can get in pharm is onli 40k and that i shudnt do it.

What does eveyrone think? is it really a bad career?
1. £40,000 a year is damn good money.
2. They don't seem to know what they're talking about. As JayEm has already said, pharmacists can earn in excess of £80,000 a year.
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what about industry and community jayem, whats the top money?
Not too sure about industry, all I know is you need a phd to get into the power positions.

In community, you can work your way up to management positions in places like Boots etc. Or you can locum, where you move around and work in a number of pharmacies. Current rate is about £25 per hour.
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1. £40,000 a year is damn good money.
2. They don't seem to know what they're talking about. As JayEm has already said, pharmacists can earn in excess of £80,000 a year.
are you a pharmacist by chance?
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Not too sure about industry, all I know is you need a phd to get into the power positions.

In community, you can work your way up to management positions in places like Boots etc. Or you can locum, where you move around and work in a number of pharmacies. Current rate is about £25 per hour.
my heart is set on hosp but i heard it takes a good 10 years to get atleast 40k
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my heart is set on hosp but i heard it takes a good 10 years to get atleast 40k
Yeah, hospital pharmacy starting pay is the lowest out of all the branches

Some links:
http://www.nhscareers.nhs.uk/nhs-kno...data/4778.html

Pharmacist pay bands:
http://www.nhscareers.nhs.uk/nhs-kno...data/5581.html
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Yeah, hospital pharmacy starting pay is the lowest out of all the branches

Some links:
http://www.nhscareers.nhs.uk/nhs-kno...data/4778.html

Pharmacist pay bands:
http://www.nhscareers.nhs.uk/nhs-kno...data/5581.html
those 2 links are really useful, thanks so much . However what does band 5 etc mean?. Also is there anywhere on the net u can search for pharmacy jobs?
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The different bands are basically the different levels of experience you have. You start somewhere near the bottom and work your way up.

For pharmacist jobs, :google:
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Pharmacology and Microbiology are quite similar altough the pay is better
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I'm a pre-reg in hospital on band 5. ie £19,166.
Its plentiful for me for the time being. If i stay on next year, word is that pay will nudge up to about £25k. Not as much as if i opted for community, but still ample.

Its really interesting too.

Don't listen to people who haven't looked into it as a career, as its inevitable they'll be talking out of their arses.
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To be honest, as a locum you can earn as much or as little as you want depending on the hours you put in and the pay for each company is normally different.
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how long does it take to get up to about band 28
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you can get good pay in any career as long as your good at it! I wouldnt worry
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